Upper Mississippi River 2021 Navigation Season Comes to End

On Nov. 23, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Paul District, locked the last tow to depart St. Paul, MN, marking the end of the 2021 navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River.

Historically, USACE recognizes the date of the last tow departing St. Paul (heading south of Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, MN) as the unofficial end of the Upper Mississippi River’s navigation season.

Between 2015 and 2019, via the Mississippi River, barges moved about 13% of all U.S. bulk grain and 47% of grain destined to export markets.

For the week ending Nov. 27, the Mississippi River locking system moved 33 million tons of U.S. bulk grain to the Gulf of Mexico for export markets, 4% less than last year and 3% less than the five-year average (GTR table 10).

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Dec. 2, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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